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The Debate : Concentration/Wisdom

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  • Yawares Sastri
    Dear Members. The Debate Of King Milinda [Edited by Bhikkhu Pesala] #14. What, Nâgasena, is the characteristic mark of concentration (samâdhi)? Leading, O
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 27, 2012
      Dear Members.

      The Debate Of King Milinda
      [Edited by Bhikkhu Pesala]

      #14. "What, Nâgasena, is the characteristic mark of concentration (samâdhi)?"

      "Leading, O king, for all good qualities have concentration as their chief; they incline to it, lead up towards it."

      "Give me an illustration."

      "As the rafters of a house incline and lead up to the ridge-pole and the ridge-pole is the highest point of the roof. So too all good qualities incline and lead up to concentration. And this was said by the Blessed One:

      "Monks, develop concentration, a monk who is
      concentrated sees things as they really are."19

      [NOTE: 19. S. iii. 13, v. 414; cf. Asl.162.]

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      #15. "What, Nâgasena, is the characteristic mark of wisdom?"

      "Illuminating (obhâsana),20 O king. When wisdom springs up in the mind it dispels the darkness of ignorance, causes the radiance of vision to arise, makes the light of knowledge shine forth and makes the noble truths plain. Thus does the meditator perceive with the clearest wisdom, the impermanence, unsatisfactoriness and soullessness of all formations."

      "Give me an illustration."

      "It is like a lamp, O king, which in a dark room would illuminate it and make the objects there plainly visible."

      "These qualities that are so different, Nâgasena, do they bring about one and the same result?"

      "They do, the destruction of the defilements of the mind, just as the various parts of an army such as elephants, cavalry, war chariots, and archers bring about one result — the conquest of the opposing army."

      "Well put Nâgasena, you are clever in reply."

      [NOTE: 20. As well as cutting off already given above.]

      ***********to be continued************
      yawares
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